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The Electric Bike Company has been around in one form or another since 2012 when they launched as Madiba Electric Bikes (that’s Nelson Mandella’s nickname btw) then updated to Newport Electric Bikes (since they’re based in Newport California) and finally settled on the Electric Bike Company. The models I reviewed here were originally called the Newport Cruiser Classic and Step-Thru but were renamed Model C and Model S respectively. It sounds like the company has had a long and interesting journey to get here, but the results are very impressive. Dollar for dollar, this is one of the most polished, feature-rich electric beach cruiser bikes that I have ever tested!

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If you are considering purchasing a “Rad Bike”, read my story below first.

My brother called me to tell me that he had purchased an electric bike and asked if I would want to get one, so that we could go for rides.  I informed him that I had also recently purchased an electric bike and that I would love to go on rides with him.  That was about 3 months ago.  Yesterday, on March 6th, 2018, he came over and we prepared for the first ride.

One the first things he said was, “I need to get a new seat for the bike, as the one I have is small and rather un-comfortable”. I showed him my seat from the Electric Bike Company bike and told him that he should purchase one from them.  He really liked it and agreed.

Then he said that the lights on his bike do not shine bright enough at night and that he was planning to replace them (my bike shines very bright).  At some point after that, he was holding the handlebars of my bike and said that he really liked how the hand grips felt and that he is going to replace his.

I noticed that his basket was in the rear of the bike and on one side.  I thought that the design would make the bike lean a little to that side.  The basket was also rather small, which I did not like.

Then we went off for the ride.  After about 45 minutes, I asked that we switch bikes so that we can experience each others.  As I began to ride his, the first thing I noticed was that uncomfortable seat.  It was also leaning downwards and I felt like I was slipping off it.  The handlebars were straight across and require you to lean down to hold onto them.  My bike has beach cruiser type bars which are way more comfortable.  He even mentioned it himself, right after starting to ride mine he said, “wow, your bike is so easy to ride, even without any electric power being applied, and so comfortable”.

His fender flare was making a noise and rubbing on something, but that was slight and likely easy to fix.  His had the fat tires which made the bike feel very heavy and a bit clunky.  We did not race but I am pretty sure that mine was quicker off the line.

When we stopped to switch back and we both put down the kick stands, I was thinking how small and un-stable his was, just as he said “what a nice kick stand you have”.

As I was stopping, I noticed that I had to pull both brakes all the way in and even then, it did not stop very well.  I asked him what was going on with the brakes and he said that he needs to get them adjusted, etc.  He agreed that the brakes on my bike were very tight and you did not need to apply mush pull at all, to get the bike to stop immediately.

Then I noticed that his battery was missing three bars.  I asked if he had a full charge when he left his house, he said “yes”.  He rode from his house to mine, which is about 10 miles.  I still had all of my bars.  Shortly after that, we went of separate ways and I rode back home, which was about 10 miles.  When I got home, I still had all of my power bars.  It was obvious that my battery will last a lot longer than his.

Mine had a spot for my cell phone and a speaker.  His had one or the other.  When I told him that I can charge both, to the battery, he did not have any cords to do that and was not sure about it.

The only think that his had that I do not have, was a mirror, which I thought would be a good idea to get.

I hope my story helps anybody that is comparing bikes.  I can tell you again that I really love the Electric Bike Company bike that I own. In my opinion, it is WAY BETTER than a “Rad” bike.  It has changed my life.  I go anywhere and everywhere with it.  Thank you and have a great day!

David Ryan
Huntington Beach, CA

David Ryan

Just wanted to let you know that my experience inquiring about and then buying your E bike was amazing.  You walked me through my naiveté and explained why you made certain design choices, and provided me with the ability to always feel accommodated.

I have complete confidence in the decision I made and in you and your staff.

Thank you all.

Bob Polis

Tell Us What You Think!

Truly love the product you are creating, and just put a review on the site. Also appreciate you saving me $99k by me buying your bike instead of the Tesla Model S I was considering. This is much more practical and cost effective for a 5 mile commute.

Brian Preston

I had the bikes shipped to me on vacation in Breckenridge Colorado. After less than a week, I have already logged 40 miles on the bike.

The smoothness of the ride, the comfort, and the power that is available to you make this a great decision. It is going to help me get back outside and get some exercise.

Thanks EBC!!

Kelly Griffin

The bike is incredible. Exceptional power and design. Everything works together seamlessly. The bike has an extremely sturdy feel while still nimble. I’ve never wanted my job to be further away, with this bike I would not mind. Get it!


Great bike!! well designed and built with high quality parts. It’s smooth and very comfortable to ride. I have already logged 400 miles and enjoyed every minute. Thanks EBC for a great product at an affordable price.

Mike San Juan Capistrano


I never ever do reviews. I should because I rely on them so much. I just had to give some feedback on this bike. We bought the wife an orange newport step through. We just got it today and I am blown away how fun it is to ride this thing!! I bought myself a recumbant bike a couple of months ago and now I’m ticked off at myself for not getting me one of these!!! I stayed home from work to receive delivery and my wife is at work so I keep sending her videos of me riding her bike!!! Everyone we dealt with at EBC was great to work with and we are thankful to have found this company. We were following “Electric Bike Reviews” on youtube and he really bragged on this bike in the video. After seeing him review MANY ebikes, we decided that this one was best for us. I am really glad we did!! I love it already and I know the wife will too!!! Thanks again to Sean and Karen and all the folks at EBC!!!!!!!

Mike Davis

Very nice high quality bike. I got it for my wife and now I’m jealous. We did a trail that had lots of short steep hills that left me with stiff and sore knees, even though my bike has 21 speeds. My wife finished the trip and said she was comfortable on the electric bike the whole time (in assist mode 1 or 2) and was able to spend the time enjoying the scenery instead of shifting. The electric bike is a bit larger than our other bikes but we were able to fit both bikes in the back of our van with the middle seats released to the forward position.


There is so much positive to say about this product and this company. The quality of this bike is amazing. The ride is so comfortable. The pedal assist is powerful. The throttle just makes it more fun! We will order a 2nd one for my husband. Really recommend this bike! Thanks Sean and team for All you do!


Your website and Court Rye’s review, is my first exposure to your
ebikes, and the Newport models. I am impressed with the design
and options available. My wife and I like to ride the back roads of
the Rocky Mountain old western towns. The roads are dirt and
and gravel. Can your Newport handle this terrain, and the steep
6% or more grades?. Court Rye’s review was very helpful.
My best regards,


Thanks for the best bike l have ever rode, there have been no problems, only fun every time I ride it it also looks great !!!

Gary Bates

Thanks for the best bike l have ever rode, there have been no problems, only fun every time I ride it it also looks great !!!

Gary Bates

I rode both bikes for a few days. I think they are great! My wife and i will be back down to Florida at the end of Feb and wll probably use them daily.
The are better than expected and you can tell they are of the highest quality. They were very easy to get comfortable with. It even helped me get exercise that i wouldn’t normally get.
They are a win/win for me.

I love my step through. The bike has great power and goes over any surface with ease even grass. Even when I’m pulling my two boys in a trailer.

Heather Cardena

I love my step through. The bike has great power and goes over any surface with ease even grass. Even when I’m pulling my two boys in a trailer.

Heather Cardena

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